American Medical Association supports delayed school start times for adolescent wellness

In 2016, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a policy that encourages reasonable school start times that start no earlier than 8:30 am, and suggests physicians to advocate for the importance of adolescent sleep to parents and educators. AMA board members refer to sleep deprivation among adolescents as a public health issue that is putting them at risk for mental, physical, and emotional stress and disorders. The AMA draws support from recent research, which displays the adverse outcomes of sleep deprivation among adolescents and concludes that the health benefits of delayed school times far outweigh any potential negative consequences.

Source: American Medical Association

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